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J.B. Marine becomes an Academy Affiliate of Sporting KC & Joins Forces With Sporting STL Rangers

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Mark  Goldstein – Sporting St. Louis

Robert Schneider –  J. B. Marine Soccer Club

 


Big news for St. Louis Soccer - Sporting STL and J. B. Marine Join Forces

St. Louis, Mo – ( December 11, 2013) – The St. Louis Soccer community just got stronger. Two of the city’s premier soccer clubs, Sporting STL and J.B. Marine, have entered into a partnership. The new venture brings together two clubs that strive for excellence rather than revenue.

“This partnership is not a merger or acquisition,” Sporting STL’s President Kevin Howe explained, “It is a strategic partnership between a group of like-minded, passionate soccer people committed to creating the best youth and player development model possible.” He added, “Neither club is going into this for financial or political gain.” Howe also noted that families with both sons and daughters playing now have a new opportunity to have their kids play under the same banner.

Bob Schneider, Executive Director of J.B. Marine, also emphasized the unique opportunities created by “the collective efforts of these two strong soccer clubs and communities.” He pointed to the history of success that both clubs add to the equation. “Tommy Howe [Sporting STL’s Director of Coaching] has been associated with more State, Regional and National Championships than any other coach in Missouri or the Midwest,” he said, “and J. B. Marine Soccer Club has accounted for 6 of the 8 national championships won by any girls program in the state of Missouri.”

Each club will continue to operate independently in many areas, but training, events and player opportunities can be provided to members more efficiently, economically and productively for both players and their families. Both clubs are looking forward to working together and sharing resources to allow the area’s most qualified coaches and clinicians to continue producing the area’s most outstanding players.

The Mentor and the Big Cat

The new endeavor also reunites, “Big Cat” Mike Gauvain with his mentor, Tommy Howe. Mike Gauvain serves as J.B. Marine’s Director of Coaching education.  Tommy and Mike have had a close working relationship for over 25 years. Together, they have provided high-level training and have developed countless college scholarship recipients and numerous professional players.  Additionally, numerous coaches from both clubs have played for one or both of these soccer legends, providing a continuation of their emphasis on a highly-skilled, possession-oriented style of play.

Sporting KC Academy Affiliates

The clubs will be official Sporting KC Academy Affiliates as part of the Sporting Club Network. Their teams will compete in the Pro Youth Club division of the Midwest Regional League. The division operates as a separate league within the MRL and is open only to affiliates of Major League Soccer teams. In addition to divisional play, the teams will participate in spring and fall showcases. This is an unprecedented opportunity for players to compete through a direct association with MLS clubs.

J.B. Marine Soccer Club:   is a premier girls soccer program started in 1978 by George Foster and Bill Laub  that is rich with tradition, success, expertise and stability. Our mission is to provide quality training and to maintain an environment that embodies the core values of integrity, leadership, perseverance, respect and teamwork while enhancing self-esteem, promoting self-confidence and cultivating a lifelong passion for the game with an overall mission of being recognized nationally as leader in youth soccer.  To learn more, go to: jbmarinesoccer.com

 

SPORTING – St. Louis:  is a premier soccer program in St. Louis and an Academy Affiliate of Sporting Kansas City of the MLS. As a direct affiliate of Sporting Kansas City, our mission is to train and develop players and teach them the correct way to play while improving the overall game in St. Louis.  Sporting St. Louis also has the responsibility of finding and training the highest level players in the area for possible continued development at high school, college, national, and/or professional levels including Sporting Kansas City. To learn more, go to www.sportingstl.com

Sporting Club Network

Sporting J. B. Marine

(December 11, 2013) – J.B. Marine Soccer Club of St. Louis, Missouri has officially joined forces with Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Club as the newest Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network. Rebranded as Sporting J.B. Marine, they join Sporting StL Rangers and Sporting Columbia SC as the third Academy Affiliate in the state of Missouri and the Sporting Club Network’s seventh total Academy Affiliate.

 

“We’re excited to welcome Sporting J.B. Marine as an Academy Affiliate and the first all-girls club in the Sporting Club Network,” Sporting Kansas City Academy Director of Coaching Jon Parry said. “Their history of player development speaks for itself and their teams have represented our region at the highest levels.”

Sporting J.B. Marine has produced players of the highest pedigree and the club has accounted for six of the eight national championships won by any girls program in the state of Missouri. They have also amassed an astounding 76 Missouri state championships, 22 regional championships and 17 Final Four appearances since being established in 1978.

Sporting J.B. Marine coaches will have the ability to take advantage of coaching lectures and premium coaching clinics at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., as well as at other locations in the metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. The partnership will also include numerous added benefits for exclusive access to Sporting Kansas City as an official Academy Affiliate.

In addition to becoming an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network, Sporting JB Marine has partnered with Sporting StL Rangers to provide even more opportunities to the coaches and players involved in their respective programs. Through this partnership, training, events, and other player opportunities can be provided to members more efficiently, economically, and productively for both players and their families. Both clubs are looking forward to working together and sharing resources to allow the area’s most qualified coaches and clinicians to continue producing the area’s most outstanding players.

Players that participate and compete through the Academy Affiliate program will be directly connected to Sporting Kansas City’s Academy and youth development initiatives. In turn, they will have the opportunity to gain experience while receiving heightened levels of training and development. Beyond this, all Sporting J.B. Marine players will now be invited to partake in the annual Academy Affiliate Tournament, an event that brings together some of the most competitive and talented youth soccer players from across the Midwest, all under the Sporting Club umbrella.

 

Sporting J.B. Marine

Sporting J.B. Marine is a premier girls soccer program started in 1978 by George Foster and Bill Laub  that is rich with tradition, success, expertise and stability. Their mission is to provide quality training and to maintain an environment that embodies the core values of integrity, leadership, perseverance, respect and teamwork while enhancing self-esteem, promoting self-confidence and cultivating a lifelong passion for the game with an overall mission of being recognized nationally as leader in youth soccer.  To learn more, go to: jbmarinesoccer.com

 

Sporting KC Academy Affiliates

Sporting KC Academy Affiliates are part of the Sporting Club Network and have the opportunity to compete in the Pro Youth Club division of the Midwest Regional League. The division operates as a separate league within the MRL and is open only to affiliates of Major League Soccer teams. In addition to divisional play, the teams will participate in spring and fall showcases. This is an unprecedented opportunity for players to compete through a direct association with MLS clubs.

Sporting St. Louis Rangers

Sporting StL Rangers is a premier soccer program in St. Louis and an Academy Affiliate of Sporting Kansas City of the MLS. As a direct affiliate of Sporting Kansas City, our mission is to train and develop players and teach them the correct way to play while improving the overall game in St. Louis.  Sporting St. Louis also has the responsibility of finding and training the highest level players in the area for possible continued development at high school, college, national, and/or professional levels including Sporting Kansas City. To learn more, go to www.sportingstl.com